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Wedding Photography at That Amazing Place https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/6/wedding-photography-at-that-amazing-place Happy Sunday everyone!  

Here's my latest blog post, featuring the wedding of the sweetest couple, Luke and Sally, along side their little boy Orlando and their cute little dog!  I smiled so much editing these photos.  I thoroughly enjoyed photographing at That Amazing Place for the first time, what a fabulous venue!  The food, the views, and the house itself were perfect.  


Here's some of my faves from Luke and Sally's big day.  Huge congratulations you two!! 


Venue That Amazing Place

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Wedding Photography at Rathvilly Farm https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/6/wedding-photography-at-rathvilly-farm Hannah and Lyall got married at the gorgeous Rathvilly Farm and it was epic!  I loved this wedding so much.  It had all the perfect elements: gorgeous couple, beautiful church, fabulous reception venue, magnificent sunset and lots and lots of laughter!  The speeches were absolutely hilarious, and everyone had a brilliant day.  


Here's just a few of my favourites from Hannah and Lyall’s big day, wishing them lots and lots of love and happiness in their married lives together.  




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Gosfield Hall Wedding https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/6/gosfield-hall-wedding Its a beautiful sunny Monday, time to post this sneak peak of Francesca and Steve's beautiful wedding day at Gosfield Hall! Gosfield Hall is an absolutely incredible venue, the bridal suite is one of the most magnificent in England. It was built by Sir John Wentworth, a member of the infamous Cardinal Wolsey's Household.  It was also home on numerous occasions to Queen Elizabeth 1st.  

The drizzly cold weather did nothing to quell the love, laughter and fun at all.  There were lots of happy tears shed throughout the day!  Here's a sneak peak of Francesca and Steve's day.  I wish you much love in the the future, and congratulations on your gorgeous new little bundle, coming soon!  



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Tewin Bury Farm Hotel wedding photography https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/5/tewin-bury-farm-hotel-wedding-photography Sophie and Lee got married at the gorgeous Tewin Bury Hotel a few weeks ago, and it was the most wonderful day!  The sun was shining for what seemed like the first time in months, it was an absolutely perfect day.  I loved every moment of this wedding... from all the awesome policemen and women in attendance, to the gorgeous couple, beautiful sunshine, awesome magician, delicious food and wonderful staff, it could not have been more lovely.  Shout out to the fabulous make up artist too, the bride and bridesmaids looked incredible all day!  


Here's a sneak peak from their awesome day, lots more to come!  

Venue: Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

Make up artist: Cheynie M

Magician: Tony Stewart


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Hedingham Castle Wedding Photography https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/5/hedingham-castle-wedding-photography Tommee and Chloe got married at Hedingham Castle recently, and it was an absolutely brilliant day!!  It was the stuff of photographer's dreams.... a gorgeous couple, a castle, an owl ring bearer, and a whole lot of love and laughter.  The guests were absolutely brilliant, and no one was put off by the damp, drizzly English weather.  The soundtrack of the day was the Pina Colada song, which was sung frequently as we walked about in the rain!  


Here's a sneak peak of your gorgeous day.  Thanks for having me, and wish you even more love and laughter in your future married life!  


Venue: Hedingham Castle


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That Amazing Place Wedding Photography https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/5/that-amazing-place-wedding-photography Sally and Luke celebrated their wedding at That Amazing Place and it really was amazing!!  

Their gorgeous family includes their adorable little boy and equally adorable little dog, who really stole the show!  Choosing a sneak peak was nearly impossible because I'm in love with so many of their images, but here's just a handful.... more to come really soon!


Venue: That Amazing Place


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Wedding Photography at South Farm https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/5/wedding-photography-at-south-farm Here's my first blog post of 2018!  

My first wedding of the year was absolutely FABULOUS!  It was at the stunning South Farm, a gorgeous boutique wedding venue tucked between the Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Borders.  

Lisa's dress was absolutely divine, and Barry looked very dapper indeed in his tweed suit, they matched the beautiful surroundings perfectly.  This venue has so much to offer, there are so many photo opportunities!  We loved playing with the cute little piglets, such an opportunity to create something a little different!  

I worked with an absolute dream team of suppliers, it is always fantastic when every little detail looks perfect!  

Thank you Lisa and Barry for sharing your very special day with me, I wish you so much love, laughter and happiness in the future!!

Here's some of your best bits!


Photographer:Leah van Zyl Photography

Venue: South Farm

Hair: Hair by Aimee

Make up: Sophie Matthews

Master of Ceremonies: Chris Jennings

Flowers: Wildwood Floral Events

DJ: Titan Roadshow

Guitar: Andy Nash

Cake: George Andreou & Rico Joannou

Photo Booth: Flash Tag Photo Booth Hire



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Wedding Photography at De Vere Theobalds Estate https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/1/wedding-photography-at-de-vere-theobalds-estate Lindsey and Arran got married at De Vere Theobalds Estate Hotel on a chilly wintery day, and it was absolutely beautiful!!  I always cry at weddings, because I'm completely soppy... but I cried more at this wedding than I've done in ages.  It was just completely filled with such love and fun and friendship... these two are absolutely made for each other, such a beautiful thing to see!


Here's a sneak peak of their special day.  Enjoy!


Venue: De Vere Theobalds Estate

Hair, styling, make up and flowers: Charmed Events

Children's Entertainer: The Party Dude

Cake: Rosy Lee Vintage Tea Party and Occasion Cakes

Fireworks: Dynamic Fireworks

Toastmaster: Keith Reading Toastmaster

Videographer: Video Magic



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Blake Hall Wedding Photography https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2018/1/blake-hall-wedding-photography The most lovely couple, Louise and Tom, got married at the stunning Blake Hall a few weeks ago.  

Blake Hall is an absolutely gorgeous venue, and it provided the perfect, autumnal backdrop for Louise and Tom's big day.  I was lucky enough to photograph both their beautiful babies, so I felt so honored that they chose me to be part of their big day too! 

Here are a few of my favourite moments from their beautiful day 

Venue: Blake Hall





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A wedding in the snow at Parklands Quendon Hall https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/a-wedding-in-the-snow-at-parklands-quendon-hall In December we had a huge freak snow storm!  It was one of the most stressful experiences of my life, as my husband and I were stuck in the snow for nearly four hours trying to get to the venue.  We finally arrived at my favourite venue, Parklands Quendon Hall, where I was lucky enough to get married myself a couple of years ago.

This wedding was so challenging because of the weather, but it turned out to be one of the best of the year for me because I captured a beautiful snowy shot for my clients.  

This is one of the most wonderful things about being a photographer... taking a really tricky situation and turning it into something beautiful.  

Congratulations Emma and Alex, you gorgeous couple!  I wish you lots of love and laughs on your journey together.


Here's your sneak peak! 






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Wedding Photography at Warley Park Golf Club https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/wedding-photography-at-warley-park-golf-club I photographed the lovely Lisa and Rick's wedding at Warley Park Golf Club this Autumn, and it was just gorgeous!!  This lovely couple had been let down by their photographer at the last minute, so I was more than happy to step in.  There was a wedding by the lake, a horse and carriage, lots of love and laughter and happy tears!!  

I wish you and your gorgeous family even more love and laughter in the future, here's a sneak peak of your special day!




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Great Hallingbury Manor Hotel Wedding Photography https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/great-hallingbury-manor-hotel-wedding-photography I photographed the most GORGEOUS couple a few weeks ago, and it was one of my favourites of the year.  They had their gorgeous ceremony in picturesque Bishops Stortford, followed by a fabulous reception at Great Hallinbury Manor Hotel.  

These two are just made for each other!!  

Here's just a few moments from their special day.




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Quendon Hall Wedding Photography https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/quendon-hall-wedding-photography Recently, I was lucky enough to photograph another gorgeous couple at my favourite venue; Parklands Quendon Hall!  I admit that I might be slightly, as it is where I tied the knot a couple of years ago... so I have so many wonderful memories there.  This wedding was a beautiful, intimate affair, with lots and lots of laughter and love all around.

Here's a sneak peak of some of my favourite moments of their special day.





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London Wedding Photography https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/12/london-wedding-photography David and Marieke got married this Autumn in London, and it was one of the most fun, wonderful weddings ever!!  After the beautiful ceremony at the Knightsbridge Registry Office, we were treated to a fabulous bus tour around London (complete with bubbles, snacks and live music!), in the bus which Sir Cliff Richard learnt to drive!  We had a little wander around gorgeous Battersea Park, before heading off to The Phene for a delicious wedding breakfast.

This wedding had lots of love, fun, tears and happiness... what a wonderful, gorgeous day. 


Here are a few sneak peaks, enjoy!  



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Wedding Photography at Cambridge Cottage Kew Gardens https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/11/wedding-photography-at-cambridge-cottage-kew-gardens The minute I met Russell and Lynn I knew I was going to have an absolute blast on their wedding day, and I was so right!  These two have the most infectious infectious sense of fun, that you can't help but smile whenever you are anywhere near them.  They didn't want anything traditional, which was right up my alley, and I looked forward to this wedding for months!  The added bonus, was that it was going to be at the incredible Cambridge Cottage at Kew Gardens.. a dream location for any photographer!

Lynn and Russell decided on a vintage tea party theme, which went so perfectly with the beautiful venue and gardens.  I knew I HAD to put them in touch with my incredible cake artist friend Shalomi, who designed the most unbelievable bespoke cake for them.  I loved capturing their expressions, seeing their beautiful creation for the first time when they walked into the venue. 

Live music was supplied by the gorgeous and very talented Haywood Sisters, who added some vintage glamour to proceedings.  

To finish off an already perfect day, all the guests (and lucky me!) were treated to a guided tour of Kew Gardens in a special little coach.  

A perfect day with a wonderful couple, what more could you ask for!  Here's a little sneak peak of their special day.



Venue: Cambridge Cottage Kew Gardens

Band: The Haywood Sisters

Cake: Shalomi Cakes





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Nikkah Ceremony at Saffron Kitchen https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/11/nikkah-ceremony-at-saffron-kitchen I had the absolute pleasure of photographing Isma and Steven's beautiful Nikkah Ceremony at the wonderful Saffron Kitchen in London recently.  This couple is absolute GORGEOUS and are so in love, it is a beautiful thing to see!  Seeing their two families come together, from different parts of the world, was just beautiful.  

The food was absolutely delicious, Saffron Kitchen couldn't have done a better job of looking after us!  Empire Events supplied us with a stunning flower wall for our bridal portraits and formal shots, and it looked perfect.  

Here's a sneak peak of their day, enjoy!


Venue: http://www.saffronkitchen.co.uk/

Flower Wall and Decor: http://www.empireeventsuk.co.uk/ 



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Wedding Photography at Rockliffe Hall https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-photography-at-rockliffe-hall My lovely friends Matt and Michelle got married at Rockliffe Hall this summer, and it was one of my favourite weddings of the year, hands down! Rockliffe hall is one of the most stunning wedding venues in the UK, so working there was an absolute dream!  Matt and Michelle had the best day with their brilliant friends and family... tears of laughter and happy tears were shed all round (especially by me!)  

You two are made for each other, I wish you many more laughs, love and epic adventures in the future.  Here are some of your best moments of your amazing day!

Wedding venue: https://www.rockliffehall.com/

Video: http://ainapore.com/

Band: http://www.bellaandthebourbonboys.co.uk



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Wedding Photography at Woolston Manor https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/10/wedding-photography-at-woolston-manor Jana and James got married on a windy rainy day this summer... and it was wonderful!  There was so much love in the room, that the weather didn't matter for a moment.  Besides, I love romantic rainy photography!

Woolston Manor looked after everyone beautifully as always, and the decoration was probably the best I've ever seen at that venue.. absolutely magical!!

Congratulations you two love birds, I wish you so much love and laughter in your future together.  

Here's a sneak peak of some of my fave moments of the day.




Venue: https://www.hitched.co.uk/wedding-venues/woolston-manor_4295.htm




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Royal Chace Hotel Wedding Photography https://www.leahvanzyl.com/blog/2017/10/royal-chace-hotel-wedding-photography Zoe and Danny got hitched at the lovely Royal Chase Hotel this summer on a glorious summer day, and it was fabulous!!  Zoe and her bridesmaides looked stunning, Danny and the Groomsmen looked dashing, the kids looked adorable, and there was lots and lots of love an laughter all day.

CONGRATULATIONS you two lovely people, I wish you even more love and laughter in your future together!

Here's a sneak peak of your beautiful day.  


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